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EMWIS Flash March - April  2018
Euro-Mediterranean Information System on the know-how in the Water Sector

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In this issue N°137 (


1- Mediterranean region at the 8th World Water Forum, Brasilia

In Brief

2- 1st Task Force Financial Strategy on the UfM Water Agenda 

3-  WWF8 - Ministerial declaration an urgent call for decisive action on water 

4-  SWIM-H2020 SM 2nd Regional Training on decentralized water management

5- Safe drinking-water in European region?

6- 2nd Mediterranean Forum for PhD Students and Young Researchers - R&I as Tools for Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security

7- How blockchain, Artificial Intelligence and other emerging technologies could end water insecurity

8- IWA regional conference of water reuse and salinity management, 11- 15 June in Murcia, Spain

9- ENI-SEIS Renewed indicators to monitor Mediterranean Sea depollution

10- FP9 Preparation: Work in Progress for the next EU Research & Innovation Programme

11- Med-Greenhouses: capitalising innovation in Med regions

12- SWOS: Satellite data inputs for updating River Basin Management Plans

13- VISCA: Climate service for vineyards ready for demonstration  

14- Life Anadry: Technical Meeting and Monitoring Visit at WWTP, Alguazas -Murcia 

15-  Israel: Desalination to preserve nature and save shrinking Sea of Galilee

16-  According to experts Tunisia can recover 10.1 billion cubic meters of rainwater 

17-  Bulgaria: Quality of life is impossible without quality and abundance of water’ says the Minister for Environment and Water

18-  France : State of water in the Rhone-Mediterranean and Corsica basin: 52% of rivers in good condition

19-  France: Extensive French assessment highlights the wetlands degradation 

20-  Algeria: Evaluation meeting of the development program in preparation for the summer

21- National Agricultural Policy for the Maltese Islands 2018 – 2028

22- Malta: Second-class water to be available for 400 hectares of land

23- Malta: Reducing water demand through sustainable planning

24- Lebanon to Face Many Risks Over High Water Shortage
25- Lebanon - Preparing the Water information system component of the Information and Training Centre for Water 

26- Palestine: Donor Conference kicks-off implementation of desalination plant project to supply water to 2 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip

27- Professor says climate change putting Turkey at risk of becoming a “disease-prone desert”  

28- Egypt: Water Scarcity May Expose 200,000 Families to Extremism, Warns the Minister









1- Following the 3rd Mediterranean Water Forum organized in Cairo in January 2018 (see final report here), the Mediterranean region organized various session and presented its regional report at the 8th World Water Forum in Brazil last March. The Mediterranean sessions focused on Water and climate change mitigation, Integrated sanitation for all, Water and energy, Management and restoration of aquatic ecosystems, Financing, Reuse in the Mediterranean and its impact on territories. In addition, the experience from the Mediterranean Water Knowledge Platform was presented during the special session on "Data and tools to facilitate water management and decision Making" and the session on "Monitoring, assessment, data and knowledge sharing in transboundary basins" of the Governance thematic process. Further information on EMWIS website

IN BRIEF (Full news)


2-  The 8th meeting of the Water Expert Group (WEG8) of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) took place on 1st February 2018 at the Dead Sea, Jordan. It discussed contents and related proposals, including on leadership on the four priority work areas of the UfM Water Agenda. Italy and Turkey offered to co-lead on the Water-Employment-Migration Task Force, Lebanon co-leading the Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems Nexus, Malta and Egypt for Water Access and Sanitation. While the 4th priority area "Climate Change Adaptation" was considered as an horizontal theme like the governance and financing. Following this meeting, a task force meeting has been established to take place 3 and 4 May 2018 in Brussels in order to develop the UfM Water Agenda’s financial strategy. The aim of this task force will be to address the instruments and resources for the financing of the water sector in the Mediterranean, which will, at the same time, act as a support to the development and implementation of the four priority areas. Further information on EMWIS website

3- The Ministerial Declaration of the 8th World Water Forum entitled "Urgent call for decisive action on the water" was approved this Tuesday (20), during the session at Ulysses Guimarães Convention Center in Brasília. The document is the result of discussions between Ministers and heads of delegations from more than 100 countries. The Declaration recognizes that all countries need to take urgent action to address the challenges related to water and sanitation, establishing some actions considered top priorities. The document also points out that the partnerships formed during the 8th Forum are essential to implement the Declaration. Further information on EMWIS website 

4- The SWIM and H2020 SM is a Regional Technical Support Program, funded by the European Commission, Directorate General (DG) NEAR. Its annual Steering Committee meeting took place on 30th of January 2018, at the Dead Sea, Jordan, back-to-back with the UfM WEG8 (click here to see summary progress and presentations). The program is organising regional training workshops and study tor for representatives of Mediterranean Partner Countries. On 16- 19 April the program has organazied a training session in Vienna, Austria  on Decentralized Water Management and  a related study tour. The overall aim of the second regional on-site training (REG-5) and of the study tour ST-5 was to enhance the knowledge of the key stakeholders who are involved in different aspects of Decentralized Water Management (DcWM) in the partner countries to regulatory and organisation issues of decentralized water management. REG-5 builds on the outcomes of the first regional on-site training on decentralised water management (REG-4), which took place in July 2017 in Brussels.  Both events included sessions dedicated to data management and information systems inline with the implementation of the Mediterranean Water Knowledge Platform. Further information on EMWIS website

5- Millions of people in the WHO European Region (UN) drink contaminated water, often without knowing it. WHO estimates that, every day, 14 people die of diarrhoeal disease due to inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). Clean and safe drinking-water at home is frequently unavailable, particularly for those living in rural areas. In the Region, 57 million people do not have piped water at home, and 21 million people still lack access to basic drinking-water services. These people use water from unprotected dug wells and springs, directly consume surface water, or need more than 30 minutes to collect water. About three quarters of people without access to basic drinking-water services live in rural areas. WHO sets global health-based guidelines for drinking-water quality. The water safety plan (WSP) approach is a core pillar of these guidelines. WHO considers WSPs to be the most effective means of consistently ensuring the safety of a drinking-water supply. WHO/Europe recently provided comprehensive recommendations to the European Commission on the planned revision of the European Union Drinking Water Directive. These recommendations detail how protecting people’s health from the negative effects of consuming contaminated drinking-water should go beyond measuring compliance with standard water quality parameters; it should involve adopting a more tailored, risk-based approach for each water supply system. Further information on EMWIS website

6- CIHEAM organizes the 2nd Mediterranean Forum “Research and Innovation as Tools for Sustainable Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Security” for PhD students and young researchers of the Mediterranean region, from 18 to 20 September 2018 at CIHEAM Bari, Italy. The Forum will focus on achieving the goals of both Sustainable Development and CAPMED2025 through research works aiming at fostering entrepreneurship, women and youth employment; identifying and sharing potential innovation tools geared towards integrated solutions for sustainable agriculture, food and nutrition security; enhancing research and innovation impact at national and regional level and preventing young researchers migrations. Further information on EMWIS website

7- The World Economic Forum's Global Water Initiative, in collaboration with the World Bank Water Global Practice and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, has embarked on a journey over the past year to explore this very question. By convening water policy experts, entrepreneurs and technology innovators in a series of workshops and meetings, we gained valuable insight into several areas ripe for disruption in the water sector. Encouragingly, we also discovered many solutions we need are already at our fingertips. Here are five examples of how the innovation could help make water insecurity a thing of the past: Blockchain for improved water resource management/ Decentralized water reuse systems/ Basin-level insights to manage water risk/ Advanced materials for producing new sources of water/ Water- and sanitation-smart cities. Further information on EMWIS website

8- The IWA Regional Conference on Water Reuse and Salinity Management will be held  on 11-15 June in Murcia, Spain.  The conference will address the problem of water scarcity induced by climate change in arid and semiarid areas, the use of non-conventional water sources in agriculture and the risk of agricultural land and groundwater salinization in areas where aquifers are significantly depleted. Participating in IWARESA 2018 will provide the benefit of learning about advancements in water reuse and salinity management in Murcia Region, a typical Mediterranean area where the salt and water stresses are the main limiting factors for a very productive and technical agriculture. Further information on EMWIS website

9- The ENI-SEIS II program organised the 2nd regional workshop on indicators in Athens on 17 and 18 April 2018. This event is part of the actions related to further development towards a renewed set of Horizon 2020 (depolution of Mediterraean Sea) indicators. It aims at preparing detailed concept notes (waste, water, industrial emissions) and methodological specifications for the proposed indicators based on a 1st review made at the 1st workshop 17-18 May 2017 in Copenhagen and various exchanges with countries representatives. The water indicators are related to access to sanitation, municipal wastewater management, coastal and marine water quality. Further information on EMWIS website

10- The proposal for the new EU framework programme (FP) for research and innovation – FP9 – is expected to be adopted by the EC before summer 2018. Preparatory work to design this proposal includes aspects such as evaluation of the previous FPs and expert studies to help structure the programme, define its budget and select the priorities it should address. There is a number of key discussion points for FP9, on which stakeholders’ views either converge or conflict, such as the budget for the programme, with proposals ranging between 120 and 160 billion euros, or the required balance between two conflicting dimensions: excellence and cohesion, the expectations regarding the implementation of the European Innovation Council (EIC) and missions, the role of citizens in co-designing FP9 and the co-creation of its results, and interactions between higher education and research and innovation. A briefing document has been prepared by the European Parliamentary Research Service. Further information on EMWIS website

11-  Med greenhouses "Green Growth through the capitalization of innovative Greenhouses" is a new capitalization project co-founded under the intrerreg-MED program for a period of 18 months. The project is mainly capitalizing results of LIFE+ "Adapt2change" project by promoting, disseminating & transferring Greenhouses innovations in the MED area, minimizing water & energy demand. The project will stimulate environmental awareness on issues related to energy & water efficiency & sustainable production, contributing to Green Growth & promoting sustainable development. The project has stared on February 2018. The kick-off meeting of Med greenhouses took place on March 22th 2018 in Larissa, Greece. During the meeting, partners presented the roadmap of the work packages and project activities throughout the duration of the project and visited the Prototype Geothermal Greenhouses that was developed in the framework of "Adapt2change". Consultation workshops with all stakehoders are now planed on all the regions involved in the project: France (PACA), Greece (Thessaly), Italy (Molisse), Cyprus and Albania.  Further information on EMWIS website

12- The Algerian Ministry of Water Resources (MRE) and the River Basin Authorities (ABH) are currently updating the National water Master Plan (PNE –Plan National de l’Eau) and the River Basin Management Plans (PDARE).  These plans encompass issues related to available water resources, estimation of water requirements, and identification of water infrastructure needs. The last version of these plans were dated of 2014 covering a period of 20 years for long term planning with an assessment and update every 5 years. In the framework of the EU twinning project on Governance and IWRM in Algeria, an exercise is conducted to introduce some concepts of the EU Water Framework Directive into the revision of the River Basin Management Plan. Exploitation of satellite data to poduce valuable maps and indicators can provide valuable inputs, such as the one prepared by the SWOS project (Satellite-based Wetland Observation Service). Some SWOS products have been presented to treat topics that have not been taken into account previously mainly due to the lack of information, such as inventory of wetlands, analysis of pressures introduced by land use on surface and ground water, alteration of hydro-morphology. Algerian water resources managers were mostly interested in: monitoring  sand and gravel extraction areas along rivers; identification of illegal water abstraction for irrigation by comparisons of water permits locations (i.e. authorised water abstraction points) with the short term evolution of vegetation coverage; rapid assessment of risks on surface and ground water considering 3 main classes extracted from LULC maps: agriculture areas, urban/industrial areas, and natural areas (no pressure). Further information on EMWIS website

13-  In order to prepare the field tests of an Integrated Smart Climate Application for Vineyards,
VISCA project partners met on 5th - 6th April 2018 in Barcelona. Vineyards demonstrations sites from Italy, Portugal and Spain were trained on how to upload and retrieve data onto VISCA platform. The final mock-ups for the Decision Support System (DSS) were also validated based on end users requirements and preferences. Finally, the risks encounterd were evaluated in order to settle up mitigation/contingency actions for the demonstration seasons. The DDS integrated the promising results obtained so far from the different models used in the project to support vineyards exploitation in adapting their practices to climate change.  Further information on VISCA website

14- Life-ANADRY project consortium held a technical meeting on 13th April 2018 in Alguazas, Murcia in order to discuss the progress of the project. The partners presented the main outcomes obtained so far and the most relevant conclusions of the operation and monitoring of the prototype.  The prototype is now performing under mesophilic conditions where results look very promising.  The consortium also showed the most relevant results about the dissemination plan and the networking activities carried out so far. Finally, discussions on the next actions concluded the meeting together with a technical visit. LIFE-ANADRY partners are collaborating to demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of the correct environmental management of sludge in medium to small sized wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) in order to transfer the outcomes obtained to other areas with similar problems, at national and international levels. Further information on Life-ANADRY website.
15- Israel is expected to approve plans in the next two months for two new desalination plants and the expansion of five existing ones to bolster the country’s freshwater supplies, some of which will be used to replenish the sea, Yuval Steinitz, minister of national infrastructure, energy and water resources, told Bloomberg Environment. The new facilities would double Israel’s annual desalination capacity to about 1.2 billion cubic meters (317 million gallons) by 2030 and, for the first time, earmark supplies for nature preserves, agriculture, threatened springs and streams, and the inland Sea of Galilee. Further information on EMWIS website

16- According to a water expert from Paris Descartes University: Tunisia, which is under level of extreme water poverty (i.e.
below 500 cubic meters per year per inhabitant -430 for Tunisia), can become self-sufficient in water if it adopts a system of channels. The expert estimates that every year, some 10.1 billion cubic meters of rainwater is poured into the sea and that 4.825 billion cubic meters of this rainfall could be recovered by developing a system of channels from Oued Medjerda to south of the country. The realization of such a project, explained the expert,  could not only solve the water problem in Tunisia, but also create 600 thousand "economically efficient" jobs. Further information on EMWIS website

17-  Neno Dimov, Minister for Environment and Water, Bulgarian EU Presidency addressed the Water Supply and Sanitation Platform (WssTP audience. He said : When talking about circular economy one of the strategic resources of crucial importance we should focus on is water. Quality of life is impossible without quality and abundance of water. This goal is achievable only by common efforts on local, regional, national, European and international level. As a country that is part of both the Danube and the Black Sea regions, we have a clear understanding on the importance of cooperation for water quality, fighting water pollution, but also the economic perspectives of well-governed water resources. As a rotating Presidency, we welcomed the revision of the Drinking Water Directive (DWD). We consider DWD as one of the essential tools to ensure the quality of the water consumed in the EU. We are confident that our common objective will be that the revised Directive ensures the same level of protection of human health from adverse effects of any contamination of drinking water equally across the whole EU. Further information on EMWIS website

18- The French River Basin Agency RMC  published its 2017 report on the status of water in its district, which relies on 4.5 million annual analyzes carried out in the rivers, groundwater and lakes of the Rhône-Mediterranean and Corsica basins, the value scales are ranging from "very good" to "bad": 52% of rivers are in good status or above. The results show a clear drop in domestic pollution and a tendency to improve concentrations of micropollutants (pesticides, metals) in the river even if new unmeasured molecules have appeared in the beam of surveillance.
Further information on EMWIS website

19- On March 27, the French General Commission for Sustainable Development (CGDD) published a report on wetlands and aquatic environments as part of the French assessment of ecosystems and ecosystem services (Efese). "For the public sector resources manager but also the citizen, this report provides the necessary references to inform decisions concerning these environments," said Laurence Monnoyer-Smith, the General Commissioner. According to this assessment, continental wetlands and aquatic environments are among the least well conserved ecosystems at the national level. They are home of nearly 45% of endangered species in metropolitan France, even though the authors noticed that the populations of waterbirds are in "a good state of conservation". Further information on EMWIS website

20- The Algerian Minister of Water Resources, Hocine Necib chaired, Sunday, April 8 in Algiers, a meeting devoted to the evaluation of the state of implementation of an ambitious investment program dedicated to drinking water supply for 15 wilayas, and this, in anticipation for the summer season 2018. In his speech, Mr. Necib insisted on meeting the deadlines set for commissioning all the actions launched. He also appealed to managers 'sense of responsibility at all levels to adopt management practices that meet  citizens' expectations by stressing, once again, the need to strengthen communication towards users of the public water service. Further information on EMWIS website

21- A comprehensive Agricultural Policy for the Maltese Islands was requested by various stakeholders in order to provide a strategic national direction for this dynamic sector.
The agricultural sector in the Maltese Islands has been significantly re-shaped following Malta’s accession to the European Union and changes throughout its various facets are still ongoing. Thus, this ten-year policy is intended to steer the agricultural sector into a more sustainable direction by providing the means along which it can develop and flourish, whilst remaining within the parameters of the Common Agricultural Policy and other pertinent regulations. The Agricultural Policy for the Maltese Islands 2018-2028 is intended to provide a clear direction to all relevant stakeholders ranging from public entities involved with certification, permitting and decision making to private entities directly involved in the agricultural scenario who intend to invest or diversify their business. As the overarching objective for this Agricultural Policy, a ‘vision’ for the Maltese agriculture sector was identified and agreed upon between government entities, representatives of the private sector and the farming community.
Further information on EMWIS website

22- Tenders have been issued by the Water Services Corporation of Malta for trenching and pipelaying works for the "second class" water distribution network in Mellieha and Mgarr. Some 170 farmers in the Mellieħa area who have started using treated sewage – or ‘new water’ – for irrigation are reporting better produce. This encouraged other farmers to start using this water and demand for the service has increased remarkably. To meet this demand, the WSC is increasing the supply network of this "second class" water. New Water is treated in three phases – ultra-filtration, reverse osmosis, and advanced oxidification. “This three-phase treatment is indeed revolutionary, and Malta is among world leaders in the field such as Israel and Singapore,” said WSC CEO Richard Bilocca. By using new water, farmers are benefiting from a stable supply of low salinity water resulting in a very positive impact on their crops, giving them better shelf life and greater production flexibility. Farmers are also minimising the strain on the aquifer that is caused by borehole extraction, exacerbated by the poor rainfall of the last years and helping the aquifer to replenish over time. The new 20km network will serve 400ha of agricultural land and will involve the installation of around 140 dispensing points. The call for offers for these works closes in the coming weeks. The project will be led by the Water Services Corporation and may be part-financed through EAFRD funds. Further information on EMWIS website

23- Water scarcity, low rainfall and high population density are major challenges of sustainably managing Malta's freshwater resources. On Wednesday, 9th May 2018 a regional conference will officially launch a LIFE Integrated Project which focuses on the development of water management measures addressing the challenges of Mediterranean islands and coastal regions. With a budget of 17 MEuros over 7 years, this project will optimise the use of precious water and build the capacity of Maltese institutions to implement the country's river basin management plan. The integrated approach will also involve water audits, investment in water treatment and greater reuse of water. Increasing islanders' awareness of the need to use water better is expected to lead to a reduction in domestic water use and an increase in available groundwater. Further information on EMWIS website

24- Lebanon is in danger of an increased water shortage in the coming years that will leave the country ill-equipped to satisfy growing demand, according to a study released by Fransabank on Monday 5 March 2018. Lebanon’s available surface and groundwater resources are already low at 839 cubic meters per capita annually, the report found, lower than the U.N.’s water poverty level of 1,000 cubic meters per capita per year. Annual demand for water is set to increase to 108 billion cubic meters by 2035, up from 105 billion in 2015. By 2035, Lebanon could see a water deficit of an estimated 210 million cubic meters of water. Further information on EMWIS website

25- Since several years, Lebanon engaged into an ambitious project of an Information and Training Centre for Water, bringing together a water information system with training facilities and curricula for water professionals. The information component is part of the Mediterranean Water Knowledge Platform, UfM initiative. Thanks to the support of FAO, a feasibility study is being developed under the coordination of EMWIS Technical Unit with all stakeholder in order to provide once implemented, a unique access to reliable information concerning the water sector for the decision maker level. Indeed a lot of information is generated through studies and operational activities but it remains scattered and eventually unavailable for integrated water resources management. The kick off meeting of this study took place in Beirut on 13 February 2018. Further information on EMWIS website

26- Brussels, 20 March 2018, the European Commission and the Government of Palestine, in partnership with the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), hosted in Brussels, an international donor Pledging Conference to consolidate high-level political and financial support for the construction of a large-scale desalination plant and its associated water supply infrastructure in the Gaza Strip, a UfM flagship project. The Conference was opened by the Head of the Palestinian Water Authority, Minister Mazen Ghunaim and the EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, with the presence of the UfM Deputy Secretary General for Water and Environment, Miguel García-Herraiz. It brought together country representatives and major international stakeholders, including the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the World Bank (WB), and the Office of the Quartet. Further information on EMWIS website
27- Turkey is at risk of becoming a “disease-prone desert” with water resources and forests disappearing, Hurriyet Daily News reported Professor Mikdat Kadioglu from Istanbul Technical University on April 19. “We are transforming into a desert climate. [In this climate] there is usually little or irregular rainfall and high evaporation due to the heat,” Kadioglu reportedly said on the sidelines of a conference on air quality in Istanbul. “Of course, that process is diminishing our water resources and depleting our forests. It is also causing the insect population to rise and increases the risk of transmitting of diseases from animals such as ticks,” . Further information on EMWIS website     

28- Egypt’s irrigation minister warned on 3 April 2018  that the loss of 2 per cent of Egypt’s water may put 200,000 families at risk of extremism. At a seminar held at the American Chamber of Commerce in Cairo, Abdul Ati said that his country is importing and recycling water to compensate for the lack of water resources. He added that wheat and other commodities are being imported to save the water required for agriculture. Further information on EMWIS website



29- Vacancy: ACTeon is looking for a socio-economist of natural resources / marine resources to strengthen his team. This position requires excellent team spirit, initiative and autonomy, as well as an ability to manage complex projects. Further information on EMWIS website

30-  Vacancy: GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences is seeking talented and ambitious individuals who have expertise in the development and use of computational methods and their applications to the study of Earth surface processes at a wide range of spatial and temporal scales, i.e. from the tectonic to the human scales.  Deadline application 31 may. Further information on EMWIS website


30- The International Network of Basin Organisations (INBO) has published the Handbook on Water Information Systems for the 8th World Water Forum. This guidance document has been co-edited with UNESCO and includes world wide contributions including from the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), the Australian Meteorological Bureau, the International Office for Water, the French Agency for Biodiversity and the Mediterranean Water Knowledge Platform. It has been launched during a special session on 20 March 2018. Further information on EMWIS website

31- In the framework of the Mediterranean Water Knowledge Platform, a report on legal and regulatory enabling environment has been produced. It is the result of a study on legislative frameworks promoting the development of National Water Information Systems in European neighbourhood countries in the Mediterranean. The report available in English and French analyse the existing frameworks in 8 countries (Albania, Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Tunisia and France) and provides recommendations to develop or adapt legal and regulatory texts at national levels. Further information on EMWIS website

32- World Water Development Report 2018: Nature-based Solutions for Water. The document provides evidence that changes in ecosystems have contributed to the disappearance of several civilizations, and that if something is not done to work with nature, instead of going against it, the end will probably be the same. “The aim is to show alternatives and make it clear that if we continue on the same path in which we are, we will face drastic and irreversible consequences, such as floods and other effects resulting from the lack of water”, says the director-general of Unesco, Audrey Azoulay. Further information on EMWIS website

33- 2017 Revolve Water Around the Mediterranean report: In association with the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) the 2017 Revolve Water Around the Mediterranean report takes you through a journey with thematic sections, interviews with water specialists, dedicated photo essays, unique maps, and in-depth features by researchers and young professionals from around the sea and beyond on the following topics: Water Scarcity & Security/ Water Access & Availability/Governance & Diplomacy/ Food & Agriculture/ Pollution & Protected areas/ Technology & Solutions/Financing & PPPs. Further information on EMWIS website 

34- Water & Energy Nexus Full Pre-Feasibility Study, this EcoPeace Project aims at researching and advocating for a Water and Sustainable Energy Nexus approach to counter the effects of climate change and its potential negative security implications, while providing solutions to water scarcity in the region. This initial analysis indicates that the project is indeed technically feasible and environmentally desirable, and could potentially provide wide-scale economic and political benefits to the three parties. Further information on EMWIS website


35- The Rhone-Mediterranean and Corsica Water Agency is launching a call for projects to support micropollutant analysis campaigns in the domestic treatment plants targeted by the research and reduction of hazardous substances for water (RSDE) , including  "sludge" shutter. The objective is to better know the emissions of micropollutants from wastewater treatment plants with a capacity greater than 10,000 population equivalents. The proposals will be funded on a first come, first served basis, if the eligibility criteria are met and within the budget. Deadline: 30/06/2018. Further information on EMWIS website

36- The LIFE programme has launched its 2018 call for project proposals. This year, the program is investing close to €400 million in nature conservation, environmental protection and climate action. As a bottom-up funding instrument, LIFE provides applicants with flexibility to truly innovate. The program supports projects that are either tackling climate change, or protecting nature and the environment.  Key deadlines: 12 June 2018: concept notes for Environment & Resource Efficiency; 14 June 2018: concept notes for Nature & Biodiversity; 05 September 2018: concept notes for Integrated Projects; 12 September 2018: full proposals for Climate Action. Further information on EMWIS website

37- H2020 call for project: TOPIC: Inducement prize: Zero Power Water Infrastructure Monitoring.The objectives of this inducement prize are: to empower the EU water distribution market with solutions based on wireless sensor networks with energy harvesting technologies, designed for real-time monitoring of water management; and, to stimulate broader European efforts in developing solutions for this societal need. Deadline:   single-stage/ Deadline: 11 September 2018. Further information on EMWIS website


38- The Center for Environmental Pollution, Climate & Ecology (CEPCE), will hold the 6th Annual International Forum on Water, 16-19 July 2018, Athens, Greece sponsored by the Athens Journal of Sciences. The aim of the forum is bring together academics and researchers from all scientific subject areas who have done work on Water such as Biology, Life Sciences, and Environmental Science; Business, Management, Administration, Finance, and Economics; Chemistry, Physics and Materials Science; Engineering and Medicine; Social Sciences, Arts, and Humanities. You may participate as stream leader, presenter of one paper, chair a session or observer. Deadline to submit abstracts: 4 June 2018.  Further information on EMWIS website

39- World Water Summit 2018  that will be held in Delhi on 21-23 August 2018 is now accepting abstracts. The summit will focus on Synergies between water security and economic prosperity, finance and technology to deliver water solutions for both industries and utilities. The summit will bring the collective intelligence of stakeholders, exchange knowledge, latest technologies and also the acumen of visionary speakers in an effort to catalyze collaboration between the public & private water, utilities, technology providers, financers, industrial end-users, associations in addition to water, agriculture-food-beverage and sanitation agencies. Deadline for Submission: June 15, 2018. Further information on EMWIS website 


[2018/06/25 - 2018/06/29] Water Security Short Course: The School of International Development, the Water Security Research Centre and the Anglian Centre for Water Studies (all at UEA) invite you to attend a short course on water security to be held 25-29 June 2018 in Norwich, UK. Further information on EMWIS website

[2018/06/11 - 2018/06/27] EMUNI - OGS Summer School 2018 on Blue Growth in the Euro-Mediterranean Region: The objective of the summer school is to introduce the participants to the significance of blue growth for the Euro-Mediterranean region and thereby impact their future careers or studies. Further information on EMWIS website

[2018/06/04 - 2018/06/16] Summer School in Water Governance: Frameworks and Negotiations - 2018 Edition: The Geneva Water Hub is leading the organisation of the University of Geneva Summer School in Water Governance. The deadline for registration is 31 May 2018. Further information on EMWIS website

[2018/06/04 - 2018/06/22] Wetlands, integrated water resources management and food security. The course “Wetlands, integrated water resources management and food security - Promoting the value of wetlands for conservation, food security and climate change resilience” is offered by Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation. It will take place between June 4th-22nd in The Netherlands. Further information on EMWIS website


EVENTS (Full Agenda

[2018/08/26 - 2018/08/29] 5th International Conference on Small and Decentralized Water and Wastewater Treatment Plants (SWAT5). Further information on EMWIS website


[2018/06/25 - 2018/06/28] First Palestine International Water Forum 25 to 28 June 2018.Further information on EMWIS website
[2018/07/05 - 2018/07/08] Congress 2018: climate emergency and Astee's work. Further information on EMWIS website
[2018/06/13 - 2018/06/14] Water Innovation Europe 2018. Further information on EMWIS website

[2018/06/13 - 2018/06/16] 6th International Conference on Sustainable Solid Waste Management Naxos Island, Greece, 13–16 June 2018. Further information on EMWIS website

[2018/06/11 - 2018/06/15] ACHEMA – World Forum and Leading Show for the Process Industries. Further information on EMWIS website
[2018/06/05 - 2018/06/05] Conference « The environment and development in the Mediterranean, past, present and future » on the occasion of Plan Bleu’s 40th anniversary. Further information on EMWIS website

[2018/06/04 - 2018/06/08] 3rd International Conference I.S.Rivers "Research and Actions for Rivers and Large Rivers". Further information on EMWIS website


[2018/06/02 - 2018/06/05] International Forum of Weather and Climate (FIM). Further information on EMWIS website

[2018/05/28 - 2018/06/01] The 15th International Conference on Space Operations. Further information on EMWIS website

[2018/05/24 - 2018/05/26] 22nd CFH-AIH Technical Days - Hydrogeology of Chalk, 24-26 May 2018. Further information on EMWIS website


[2018/05/22 - 2018/05/24] INNOVATE4CLIMATE. Further information on EMWIS website
[2018/05/18 - 2018/05/19] International Conference on "Climate Change in the Mediterranean & the Middle East: Challenges & Solutions”. Further information on EMWIS website


[2018/05/16 - None] Revision of the Drinking Water Directive. Further information on EMWIS website
[2018/05/16 - 2018/05/18] The 4th edition of the Tour du Valat Conference for Young Scientists on CONSERVATION SCIENCES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN REGION will be held on 16th-18th May 2018. Further information on EMWIS website

[2018/05/15 - 2018/05/18] 6th EWA/JSWA/WEF Joint Conference "Resilience of the Water Sector". Further information on EMWIS website

[2018/05/06 - 2018/05/10] Desalination for the Environment, Clean Water and Energy. Further information on EMWIS website
[2018/05/09 - 2018/05/09] LIFE 16 IPE MT 008 Optimising the implementation of the 2nd RBMP in the Malta River Basin District. Further information on EMWIS website
[2018/05/03 - 2018/05/04] 1st Task Force Financial Strategy on the UfM Water Agenda. Further information on EMWIS website
[2018/05/02 - 2018/05/03] AgriResearch Conference - Innovating for the future of farming and rural communities. Further information on EMWIS website

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